Essay on The Effect Of Music On Math Performance

1100 Words Nov 18th, 2015 null Page
The results showed that there was a significant effect of music on math. Participants who listened to music performed better than participants who completed the tasks without music. One possible explanation of these results is that participants who performed the tasks with music first felt the overall task was too long. As the participants started to inch towards the end, their attention began to dwindle. However, participants who listened to the music last felt a boost of energy once the music started playing towards the end. According to Dobbs, Furnham, & McClelland (2011), there were consistent positive effects of music found for simple math problems, similar problems that were used in this study. Results showed there was a no significant interaction between gender and music. These results could be could be due to participants who do and don’t listen to music when they complete schoolwork. Some of the participants reported their habitual routine of listening to music while completing school related tasks. Other participants reported the tasks were difficult to complete with the music. Therefore the results varied, causing no interaction. Studies show that it is not the gender that is an important factor, but it is the individual, and the nature of the distraction. In a study of work performance, the psychologist noted that some personality types maybe more susceptible to the mood enhancing effects of music that others (Dobbs et al., 2011).
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